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State Of Affairs: DWP, Proposition 13 and more

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It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

Let's start today with the Department of Water and Power. The utility has been funding two nonprofit groups with $40 million tax payer dollars spent on them. What are these groups?

There's now a lot of questions about how that money is being used. Neither the DWP nor the union can explain where the $40 million has gone and yet leaders from both groups are on the board of these non profits.

This week the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors discussed a ballot measure that would allow the city of Los Angeles to create its own health department. The County, of course, already has its own health department.  

Gov. Jerry Brown was busy signing bills this week. One of them had to do with the paparazzi. What's going to change here in Hollywood?

Proposition 13 is always a hot button issue. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reported that Brookfield Office Properties has come under fire from activists who say the company is trying to get out of paying millions in property taxes. What's happening here?

A Los Angeles Times editorial knocked Mayor Eric Garcetti this week for taking too long to announce his commission appointments. The newspaper also argued that the commissions are not as independent as they once were. Do they have a fair point? Who is getting on these panels and what's their role like in City Hall?

Finally, there's some talk about the "Time for Hillary" super PAC and just who is really behind this. What can you tell us about the group?